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A Quality, Quick, Cheap Service
Asda Photo Centre
Member Name: Liddi
Asda Photo Centre
Date: 26/05/10, updated on 27/05/10 (2934 review reads)
Advantages: Quickly recieve prints, Good Quality and cheap!
Disadvantages: Poor service sometimes, Average Quality Instant Prints
Asda Photo Centre
Asda Photo Centres are located in store most Asda supermarkets. They have not long been introduced as another way for supermarkets to expand their products and services and diversify in to new markets.
-What do they offer?-
In store they offer a variety of different services to cater to to the tastes of its huge market. You can pick up instant 6" by 4" prints on the self service at 24 pence a piece as well as hourly and 24 hour service prints that can be at a a variety of sizes standard to photo printing, these range from 20p to £1.30 for larger prints. The price will depend on the size of the image ordered and also how long you are prepared to wait for it which is common in purchasing photo prints.
As well as prints they offer a variety of photo gifts such as coasters and mouse mats as well as unusual items like Teddy's with t shirts with your print on. There is a huge choice available and you are guaranteed to find something that takes your fancy. Again all of these products are available on the self serve machines which you then take to the till to process afterwards (a concept I don't quite understand).
From my own experiences the staff truly vary as to how helpful they can be, as with any retailer the service they provide is only as good as the staff they employ. So sometimes you can be served by someone who really knows what they are doing and other times you can be served by someone who just wants to get the order and then be done with it.
I have used Asda Photo Centre a number of times as it is a hugely convenient service to me. Although online retailers for photo prints and gifts can be cheaper, I would rather pay for the convenience factor at my local Asda. I have purchased a number of prints from here and as I mentioned above you can buy instant prints for 24p a picture here. This is great as you do not have to wait around for your pictures, however this can be expensive if you have many pictures and also time consuming selecting the images on your data drive. The quality of the instant prints is not as great as other prints you can receive online at Snapfish for example, or on the hourly or 24 hourly prints at Asda.
Recently I went in to my Asda Photo Centre hoping to purchase a T Shirt, A Magic Mug (heat sensitive so when it is hot the picture appears) and a mouse mat, for a teacher's leaving present on behalf of the group. I was told that due to the majority of the photo gifts being produced by a company externally it would take up to 14 working days for me to receive the products (not ideal as we all leave school for the last time very shortly). However having searched around for other companies to produce the same items for me it would take just as long and be twice as expensive. The items listed above came to under £20 at Asda, a bargain for personalised gifts, which was great as I was on a budget. I went in the store to order these items and they also told me that the shirt would be black or white and I could not specify whereas on the online Asda site there was a choice of 6 different colours. I was then told if it came out black I could have a refund but again this added time and having a deadline to meet this made life more difficult again. I also had problems uploading my image on to the mug as the picture needed to be a particular size so I left this purchase as I had little time and the woman who served me had not been very helpful prior to this.
I returned to the store later that day to try and get guidance on the issue and was served by a lady who fixed the image to fit on the mug and told me that the T Shirt would be guaranteed white as they only get white at this store. So it just goes to show how different staff can effect the quality of your service here. I would recommend that if at first you have problems return later and speak to another member of staff as some can be very willing to help unlike others.
When purchasing hourly prints here often I have purchased and received my print within 10 minutes and this is cheaper and a much higher quality than the instant prints. I would recommend putting your pictures in before your shop then picking them up on the way out. As you will get higher quality images for a much lower price!
Great service with a good member of staff
Cheap (compared to boots and klick) instant service for prints
Innovative photo gift range
Poor Service when staff are not willing to help
Long waiting times on photo gifts as they are externally produced
Overall my opinion of Asda Photo Centre is high as they provide a great service. When the right person is serving you all your photo needs can be met and you can be away with your products in under ten minutes (product depending). However when you have someone who isn't sure and probably isn't in the mood to help you, it's best to return later when a better member of staff is there.
4/5 as could be improved if all staff were consistent!
Summary: A Quality, Quick, Cheap Service
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